2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational Preview: Leaderboard
ADAM SCOTT will play his first tournament as golf’s world No.1 this week and is determined to savor the experience.
“It really is an incredible achievement,” Scott said ahead of the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas.
“You’ve just got to enjoy the moment. … It’s something that you throw around when you’re a kid and 12 years old that you’ll be the best player in the world, and it’s really quite incredible to have it happen.”
Scott celebrated being officially confirmed as the top dog on Monday night with dinner with some close friends and champagne. The 33 year old Aussie golfer became only the second Australian to achieve the No. 1 ranking boyhood hero and mentor behind Greg Norman, who held the title for a total 331, ending in 1997.
How long the experience will last for Scott is another question, with Henrick Stenson in England and Matt Kuchar in Texas capable of overtaking him after a measly seven days, depending on results this week.
“I’m going to have to work pretty hard to stay on top,” the reigning US Masters champion said. “But part of coming here this week was to play as the No. 1 golfer in the world and enjoy it for at least a week, hopefully, and from there we’ll see what happens.”
Scott admitted that earlier in his career the thought of overtaking Tiger Woods, who has held the position for a total of 683 weeks in his career, seemed unattainable.
“Honestly, from when I turned professional, it seemed quite unrealistic to think about the No. 1 spot for a while. I don’t know. It’s hard to look 10 or 12 years in the future from when you turn pro. You have no idea. But it certainly felt that way, that it was somewhat unattainable throughout the early 2000s, that’s for sure. …
“For a while, it was really off the radar for me. Only the last couple of years I felt my game was kind of elevating to a point where it was an achievable goal again. But it’s quite a journey, it really is, from when you’re a kid dreaming of it.”
And of course he would rather have won a tournament to be elevated to the title, rather than being awarded it on a week he didn’t play.
“All the playing I did added up to this anyway. It’s just the way the system works. Sure it would have been awesome to win a tournament and jump to No. 1 like some guys have, but it wasn’t the way. Hopefully I can get on and try to win a tournament this week or next week and start trying to keep myself up on top of the list.”
“I’m definitely going to take some confidence out of this. But at the end of the day … happiness and confidence is based on our results and how we’re playing, and I know I’m playing well at the moment, so I’m definitely looking to improve on my results. It’s not far away. It would be a great week to do it.”
With only three events to go before the US Open, things are hotting up on the US PGA Tour.
The other Aussies teeing it up with Scott at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth are Marc Leishman, John Senden, Matt Jones, Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Aaron Baddeley, Steve Bowditch, Robert Allenby and Rod Pampling.
The defending champion is Boo Weekley with other leading contenders inlcluding 2-time champion Zach Johnson and the ever consistent Kuchar.
Australian TV Times
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